Why Liverpool must sign Victor Valdes

It seems as though Liverpool are in pole position to sign free agent Victor Valdes, and there are several reasons they should sign him.

Liverpool are seemingly in pole position to sign former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes on a free transfer within the next couple of months. 

A man with 21 honours to his name, was part of a side that dominated Europe and played in a side that isn't that dissimilar to the current Liverpool side when it comes to style of play, it seems like a shrewd move - if nothing else he improves the squad.

The goalkeeping department was the only area of the squad that Liverpool didn't strengthen in the summer transfer window. Defenders, midfielders, wingers and forwards all came in - but no-one to compete for the number one goalkeeping slot, as outcast Pepe Reina departed to Bayern Munich. 

For now, the two goalkeepers Liverpool have at their disposal are Simon Mignolet and Brad Jones, and Jones is not sufficient competition for the Belgian - but the Mignolet's form has been unconvincing. 

Even though he kept a clean sheet during the 3-0 win over Tottenham last Sunday, he still looked slack. His indecision allowed for Emmanuel Adebayor to get ahead of him, and give the Togo international the opportunity to equalise for Spurs, whilst he looked far from convincing when moving off his line quickly to gather a ball over the top.

They're just two examples in one game - though he does have his positive attributes. Some of the saves that Mignolet has pulled off during his time at Anfield have been outstanding. 

But there remains serious question marks over his distribution and command of his area - and with that his concentration when there have been long periods where he hasn't been called upon.

Technique, commanding of his area and concentration are areas where Valdes has looked pretty comfortable during his career. Though he may not be at his best, having that competition in and around the squad for Mignolet should at least help the Belgian improve - whether the experienced Spaniard displaces him as number one or not.

If injury strikes to one goalkeeper, it is imperative that someone of adequate ability is able to fill in - and with all due respect to Brad Jones, he just doesn't look capable of filling in for a long time if Mignolet were to suffer an injury.

Both Chelsea and Manchester City have experienced back-up goalkeepers, and it's one area of the squad where Liverpool falls down against their title rivals. Signing Valdes would address that particular issue as well.

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